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A few years back, we spent a great summer trip lost in the Quebec woods.
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I don't think that we exactly exhausted the WW of the province, check this out ...
http://www.riversenses.com/

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Mark, please could you put me through to the complaints department, theres to many over inspiring links being posted and causing way to much work avoidance. It's a good job Mummys me boss!

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Quebec has 13% of the world's fresh water.

Dug up these reports in the course of considering a possible return trip ...
http://lvmtv.lvmvideo.com/2007/10/lvmtv-petite-me.html
http://lvmtv.lvmvideo.com/2007/10/the-petite-meca.html

http://riversenses.blogspot.com/2008/09 ... river.html

The world's least known incredible white water trips?
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Mark R wrote:Dug up these reports in the course of considering a possible return trip ...
Petite Mecatina was sounding quite promising then...
Day 3
This day was a nightmare! The day consisted of a 26-mile lake paddle
I cant wait to do another 20+ mile lake paddle in a creak boat!
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My chums are currently flying into the Romaine River - and due to the strictures of school terms, I cannot join them (water isn't normally low enough until September). Gutting.

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What an outstanding place,river trip.
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Mark Gawler wrote: I cant wait to do another 20+ mile lake paddle in a creak boat!
I'd forgotten that bit of the report. There was plenty of flat water, but the river was excellent. We escaped the river yesterday, lots of adventures making for a longer trip than planned.
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We finally finished the Romaine river after 7 days of living out of the back of our boats. An epic adventure with, float planes, big water, huge spectacular rapids (Hurley with a 20 foot face anyone?), a pinned and lost boat requiring a heli evac and a 4 mile drag out through a swamp!

This must be one of the best multiday trips in the world, a well kept secret that is soon to be lost to Hydro Projects.

Off to run another river, will post more when I get some time!

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Glad you all survived - um, I think we need to hear more about the helicopter bit ...
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Apparently one of the Americans (a really rather good paddler) ran some 40 foot huge volume slide, dislocated his shoulder and swam through a horror boulder choke that swallowed his boat (and all his gear and food). 5 days paddle from any civilisation at all ...

They dragged him downstream for 2 days along the bank and on the back of boats, before flagging down a helicopter from the Dam project and evacuating him.

The Romaine sounds frankly terrifying.
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Kevin, I think you forgot to mention the runaway boat and subsequent boat chase down some Grade 5/6.
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The point is everyone's back safe and well (ish)- and sounds like the guys dealt with the situation really well.

Mark G- better not mention that to the new GF, or it sounds like you'll not be allowed to do another one!! ;0)
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Oh yes, I dropped my boat in the river while inspecting, it then ran the largest rapid I ever seen without me, remodeling the ends in the process!

I have just arrived home with no injuries, not even a scraped knuckle. Then Simon dropped a boat on my head while putting a boat on the car roof, I have a fat bloody lip and will be drinking liquidized food through a straw for the next week!
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Did it get a better line than you would have?
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kevinf wrote:Oh yes, I dropped my boat in the river while inspecting, it then ran the largest rapid I ever seen without me, remodeling the ends in the process!
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Just back from one of the most amazing rivers I've paddled.

We have had an extremely gruelling two weeks of classic boating.... Photos will be updated later by Kev or Mark I'm sure, but here's an outline of our itinerary....

Flight Day- Friday 4th Sept - Fly from London to New york with Virgin. Great service. no hassles with boats. Arrive in JFK, pick up hire car.. Jeep Commander. Happy to see it has 7 seats!!! Couldnt find where the 4wd button was until we discovered for some reason that you can buy a huge 2wd jeep for some reason.... Anyway, we then picked Jay up at Newark, and headed North... Camped near Fowlerville falls on the Moose river in Update new York.

Day 1 Saturday 5th Sept - Headed to Watertown to pick up Jays boat and huge amounts of gear he'd bought! Then onto the Beaver River Dam release. Nice easy class 4 Taylorville section to warm up on...

Day 2 Sunday - Mosier and Eagle sections of the Beaver river... Two nice sections. Mosier has two small waterfalls, and a nice long rapid at the end.. Eagle has a couple of low volume stunty slides...

Day 3 Monday Raquette - Another Dam release.. Some great higher volume drops.... We then drove into Quebec, and on late into the Night to get us to the Malbaie river.

Day 4 - Tuesday Malbaie - Classic Quebec pool drop... Lovely 30 footer... We then drove north for another fairly late night..

Day 5 - Wednesday - continued driving into the depths of Quebec. Havre Saint Pierre is the base for the floatplane to the put in.

DAY 6 - Thursday - Fly in to start of river.. Glorious sunny weather. 2hrs paddling.

Day 7 - Friday - 2nd day of Romaine... Start of the big rapids.

Day 8 - Saturday 3rd day of Romaine, more big rapids... Max loses boat as previously described. Spend rest of day trying to retrieve it... Starts raining..

Day 9 - Sunday 4th Day in Romaine.... Operation Max extraction... Rafted up for easy stuff, Full day of this.. Find a hut to camp in.... Cold night...

Day 10 - Monday 5th Day on Romaine. Find Construction activity at 2pm, and Max is extracted with the workers. Straight into more big rapids... Kevs boat solos a big class 5/6 combo....

Day 11 - Tuesday 6th Day on Romaine... Hoped to be last day... but don't manage it. One portage round Grand Chutes (falls) eats into the time, and we pass the earliest possible takeout. Max has made it to there but left before it got too cold at night... Beautiful sunset but very cold.

Day 12 - Wednesday 7th Day on Romaine... Continue to alternative takeout points. One more fall... Lots of flat, and headwind.. We take out on next trail we find, and start the hike to the road. We make two miles through the Tundra( Bog) and are spotted by some ATV's who drag our boats a couple of miles to the float plane base.... Very happy to be back in Civilisation, and restaurents... Head out to Hotel in Sept Iles.

Day 13 - Thursday - Paddle the Roche... Lovely big volume pool drops... Head back towards Quebec City... Long night of driving..

Day 14 - Friday - Paddle the Tewksbury section of the Jaques Cartier River. Short and low, Drive to Burlington USA for retail therapy and BBQ.

Day 15 - Saturday - Drive to Newark for flights home!!!
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What was the total road mileage for the fortnight?
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Some random photos from the trip

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Total mileage driven over the two weeks... 3330 Miles.....
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No Taureau?
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Not enough water for the Taureau :-(
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Mark Gawler wrote:Our trip in a Google Map
You're such a geek ;0)
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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2 ... =644599189

Photos from the group the week before us..
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You should see the rapid that it directly leads into!!!
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Which drop was that.. Its all a bit of a blur now.....
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The one where I fell off the rock... Jay was raving about the vertical green wave.... the picture above was the first drop it then went around the corner and dropped over another fall where we had lunch.
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